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Tokyo's nighttime businesses have been slower to recover than those of other major urban centers around the world.

Tokyo nightlife still not fully lit despite global COVID recovery

NASA data on luminosity shows city at 90% of pre-pandemic levels

MASASHI IJICHI and KAZUYA MANABE, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Tokyo is darker at night now than in 2019 before COVID-19 ravaged the city's entertainment districts. Nighttime satellite images show the city last year had luminosity only 90% that of 2019, while Paris and London had fully regained their glow.

Based on NASA satellite image data processed by Colorado School of Mines, a research university in the U.S., Nikkei has calculated nighttime brightness in various cities during the April-October period of 2022. Data showed that illumination levels increased 3.2% in Paris and 1.4% in London from 2019 averages, but fell 3.2% in New York and 11.6% in Tokyo.

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